Articles by Sarah Walker Caron


Buttery Apple Crumble

on Sept. 16, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Love cooking with kids? Call them to the kitchen and whip up this easy Buttery Apple Crumble recipe — perfect for fall. “Hey, Will, do you want to help me make an apple crumble?” I asked my nine-year-old one afternoon as I pulled the pockmarked apples from their bag and …

Maine child being tested for respiratory virus spreading in Northeast

By Sarah Walker Caron on Sept. 15, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
A respiratory virus that has sickened nearly 100 people across the United States may have infected at least one child in Maine, according to Dr. Sheila Pinette, director for the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, named enterovirus D68, has been confirmed in 97 cases in Colorado, …

7 tailgating recipes to try this football season

on Sept. 12, 2014, at 2:24 p.m.
Hungry? Before you head off to tailgate this football season, whip up one of these tantalizing tailgating recipes to enjoy. Whether you love college ball, are wild into high school football or totally dig that one special NFL team, the season is upon us — and that means it’s time …
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From small-town Texas to the charts: Chase Bryant to play in Bangor on Sept. 28

By Sarah Walker Caron on Sept. 10, 2014, at 3:34 p.m.
When country musician Chase Bryant says he grew up in a small Texas town, he isn’t kidding. At a mere 1.1 square miles, Orange Grove, Texas, is home to about 1,300 people (by comparison Bangor is 34.59 square miles and has a population that is more than 25 times greater). …

Homemade cheeseburger macaroni, and a defense of family dinners

on Sept. 09, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
Homemade Cheeseburger Macaroni is a creamy, comfort-food pasta dish for fall that’s easy enough for busy school nights.   The cool evening air swirled in our open windows on a recent early evening. Cozy in our sweats, a warm dinner of pasta and vegetables nourished us after a long day. My …

Buttermilk blue cheese dressing

on Sept. 05, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
This recipe for tangy Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing is perfect for salads, dipping and more. Make a batch to enjoy with your favorite hot wings this weekend. During some NFL season openers, when the Super Bowl champs take to the field they don’t really resemble the team that took the …

Crispy baked hot wings

on Sept. 02, 2014, at 9:16 p.m.
Looking for the perfect game day food? This saucy Crispy Baked Hot Wings recipe comes out of the oven with a satisfying crunch. When September arrives with its chilly mornings — the ones that appear so suddenly, you wonder if Mother Nature has been peeking at your wall calendar — there’s …

Barbecue roast beef wraps for lunch boxes

on Aug. 29, 2014, at 12:28 p.m.
What will you be packing in your kid’s lunch box this year? This quick and easy recipe for Barbecue Roast Beef Wraps is a great alternative to traditional sandwiches. The new backpacks are ready to go and packed with unused supplies to kick off the school year. The first day of …

Buttermilk biscuits with honey butter

on Aug. 26, 2014, at 7:21 p.m.
Tender buttermilk biscuits are heavenly spread with sweet homemade honey butter. You won’t be able to eat just one! Growing up, my grandmother and I would often head to Newtown, Connecticut, to visit cousins, drop by the family plot at the cemetery and pick up baked goods from the local …

Buck’s Restaurant in Brooksville to close for the season on Oct. 18

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
Labor Day is just a week away, and that means that the summer season for seasonal restaurants like Buck’s Restaurant in Brooksville is nearing its end. The restaurant announced Monday that its season ends on Saturday, Oct. 18. The seafood restaurant’s current hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. …
Nashville trio Lady Antebellum is returning to Bangor to perform at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion on Aug. 30.

Lady Antebellum returns to Bangor on Aug. 30, promises ‘energetic’ show

By Sarah Walker Caron on Aug. 22, 2014, at 1:34 p.m.
BANGOR — Get ready, Bangor. The Nashville trio of Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood, known as Lady Antebellum, returns to Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion on Aug. 30 for what they promise will be a high-energy show with a few surprises. Kelley, who lends vocals and guitar to Lady Antebellum’s …

13 Blueberry recipes to try right now

on Aug. 20, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
Here in Maine, blueberries are everywhere right now. Machias just held their annual blueberry festival, and reports indicate that there will be a good blueberry harvest this year.  Meanwhile, here in Bangor, stands with plump high bush blueberries and itty bitty tart blueberries have been appearing at farmers markets for …

Tomato brie pasta with fresh basil

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 1 p.m.
Fresh tomatoes, bright basil and creamy brie cheese combine to make a creamy pasta sauce in Tomato Brie Pasta with Fresh Basil. What foods remind you of home? I have a few. There’s my grandmother’s spaghetti sauce, a thick tomato sauce with sausage and ground beef that she proudly made …

How to make the perfect milkshake

on Aug. 12, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Have two minutes? Then you have enough time to create a tempting frozen sweet treat. Here’s how to make the perfect milkshake. With machines humming and cartons of ice cream filling nearby, cousins JC Gifford Jr. and Ryan Porter excitedly popped open a quart of Muddy Boots ice cream and …

Mini blueberry muffins

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
Sweet mini blueberry muffins made with fresh Maine blueberries are topped with a streusel topping in this quick and easy recipe. BDN Outdoors Editor John Holyoke and I headed up to Millinocket recently to head down the Golden Road in search of moose. Our trip was unsuccessful. (You can read his take …

7 Lobster recipes to try this summer with Maine lobster

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 3 p.m.
Love lobster? Maine lobster is famous — and delicious. And these seven lobster recipes are perfect for transforming our favorite crustaceans into something deliciously different. Did you know that August is Maine Lobster Month? It is. That’s because it’s peak harvest season for lobsters, who’ve recently molted and are closer …

Mini blueberry white chocolate scones

on Aug. 05, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
Love scones? This recipe for tender, sugar-topped Mini Blueberry White Chocolate Scones made with Maine blueberries is perfect for sharing. Growing up, my grandmother Betty always told me that you should never arrive at anyone’s home without something in hand. When I was young, that meant we’d stop at local …

Fresh pea and basil risotto

on July 29, 2014, at 1:56 p.m.
This creamy, comforting dish combines freshly shelled peas and bright summery basil in a Fresh Pea and Basil Risotto recipe. My first week living in Maine, a colleague invited me over for a barbecue. The day turned out to be gloomy and drizzly, so we congregated in her kitchen — …

Finding Maine farmers markets, and feeling at home

on July 29, 2014, at 12:03 p.m.
Flanked by piles of squash, buckets of greens and crates of little cucumbers ready for pickling on Sunday, the feeling of home swelled around me as I filled my canvas bag with veggies, hand pies, bread and cheese. As a new transplant to Maine (for the record, I am from …
A sizable crowd shops at the Bangor Farmers' Market in this June 2012 file photo.

More farmers markets accepting SNAP this season

By Sarah Walker Caron on July 28, 2014, at 8:02 a.m.
On Sundays, the farmers market in Bangor bustles with customers. Brilliant yellow squash, rich red beets, fresh green lettuces and a rainbow of other fruits and veggies are stacked in booths, ready for the choosing. Other booths have coolers teeming with meats, multi-hued cartons of eggs and a variety of …
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